Monday, May 19 2014
For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.
Friday, May 16 2014
The Blu-ray extras here are quite good, but of course, the film is an enduring, hilarious classic for those with that Mel Brooks and Monty Python-like sensibility.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?
Wednesday, May 14 2014
If only for its artistic value, Breaking the Waves will always be a reminder that we can come in touch with the divine even when we’re unsure of its existence.
For this strange woman, every selfish action is balanced by a selfless one.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
Hill Street Blues is a near perfect beast that never replicates, but builds upon its predecessors in its own quirky, occasionally surreal way.
Shelter Island is the sort of film that can take audiences who know nothing about art or care nothing for it and make them feel something.
Monday, May 12 2014
These are women who are rarely given a voice in television, so when a series like Orange is the New Black comes along, it’s striking in its depiction.
Nothing is ever quite as it seems in this dramatic tale of art, love, fear and deceit.
Friday, May 9 2014
An Unreal Dream explores the personal journey of one man in devastating circumstances, and proves itself to be more enlightening than one might imagine.
Thursday, May 8 2014
I Love Lucy has been treasured for years, but this is the first time that it has been presented in a manner so thoroughly studied and examined within its historical context.
The very unevenness of these early projects bespeaks a filmmaker who sets about very precisely to be ambiguous.
Wednesday, May 7 2014
This might make some viewers uncomfortable. It might offend. It might challenge preconceptions. That’s fine. Much of the time, that’s what good art does.
These crime thrillers tell their stories via a talking city, a mechanical man, a bilious little rodent of a man, and even a soundtrack with Hawaiian guitars.
Tuesday, May 6 2014
The Pawnbroker remains an important work, especially as one of the first major studio films to explore the Holocaust.
Doris Day and Frank Sinatra's creamy Hollywood dreams simmer with tension and uncertainty in Young at Heart.
Monday, May 5 2014
Claire Denis' jagged filmmaking is matched by the nihilistic darkness of her latest assault on the senses.
Too shallow to be informative and too dry to be campy, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe is unsatisfying on every level.
Friday, May 2 2014
Carl Theodor Dreyer's mastery of film technique makes Master of the House (1925) rewarding viewing today.
Thursday, May 1 2014
No matter how you may feel about the story, Sophie's Choice is worth watching simply for the pleasure of watching Meryl Streep act.